Sorry to hear that, Codders, that's a particularly nasty incident. I wonder if they were after the keys to your cars. Bashing doors down and knicking car keys is of course a fast growing sport in the UK ever since the advent of more advanced car security devices. I can totally understand the scary experience bit; I was attacked a couple of years ago whilst out pigeon shooting by a crazed anti-fieldsports nutter who actually tried to wrestle a loaded 12-bore out of my hands!! That was scary enough and I had the bloody gun
Fair play to the police on that occasion, though, and they even told me I'd have had a fair case if I'd 'accidentally' shot him.
In the US, of course, you would receive a civil commendation for wasting vermin like those at your house last night. Quite a coincidence, really, but on BBC London tonight they were discussing the issue of people leaving London for a better life elsewhere in Britain. The guy interviewed had recently moved to Swansea (!!) and said how friendly the locals were and how he loved walking in the Black Mountains without seeing anyone.
Ah well, peace and goodwill to all men etc. and now let's all join together in welcoming the forthcoming influx of Bulgarians and Romanians into our once green and pleasant land